BY PHILIP ANTOH
TEN COMPANIES were last Friday honoured at the second edition of the Ghana Beverage Awards (GBA) held at the Swiss Spirit (Alisa) Hotel in Accra.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES) was adjudged ‘Product of the Year’ and ‘Beer of the Year’ while ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ went to Coca Cola Bottling Company. ‘Fruit Juice of the Year’ went to Blue Skies and ‘Energy Drink of the Year’ was swept by Storm Energy.
GBA is an awards scheme which aims at honouring excelling beverage stakeholders in Ghana for their contribution to the country’s economy.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Media Alliance, Mr Ernest Boateng, said, “It is evident that there are exciting times ahead for the Ghana beverage industry and as a company, we see a very positive outlook in the coming year.”
Special Guest of Honour for the event was the CEO of the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mr Yoofi Grant, who expressed his excitement about the promotion of made-in-Ghana products through the event.
He impressed on beverage companies to be inspired to do even more with the introduction of this awards scheme. He also expressed the government’s support for the industry.
Activities at the event included a spectacular jazz performance by Mizter Okyere.
The programme, which was its second edition, was organised by Global Media Alliance on the theme, ‘Inspiring Excellence in the Ghana Beverage Industry.’
Global Media Alliance collaborated with recognised institutions such as the Food Research Institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Consumer Protection Agency, Food and Beverage Association of Ghana and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
The event brought together different stakeholders in the beverage industry.
The programme was supported by DAILY HERITAGE, Daily Guide, Today Newspaper, Citi FM, Atinka TV, ETV Ghana, YFM, and Happy FM.
Below is the full list of award winners:
Product of the Year – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES); Beer of the Year – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES); Water of the Year – Bel Aqua; Manufacturer of the Year – Coca Cola Bottling Company; CSD of the Year – Coca Cola Bottling Company; Chocolate/Cocoa/Milk Beverage of the Year – Vita Milk; Spirit of the Year – Castle Bridge; Fruit Juice of the Year – Blue Skies; CSR Beverage of the Year – Coca Cola; and Energy Drink of the Year – Storm Energy.